Cigar Review: Camacho American Barrel Aged

Stats:

Name – Camacho American Barrel Aged

Size – Robusto

Wrapper – American Broadleaf

Tobacco Blend – American Broadleaf, Pennsylvania Maduro, Bourbon Barrel Aged Corojo

Pricing – $10

Body – Medium +

Construction/Appearance:

Band is black with orange and silver fonts. Cigar is milk chocolate brown with a few noticeable veins with an oily shine.  It is toothy as well in texture.

Pre-Light:

Aroma – Mesquite, BBQ, Charcoal and Oak

Type of Cut – Straight cut

Cold Draw – Cold draw has a sweet molasses mixed with cedar

After Toast:

First Third – This cigar is meaty right out of the gate like something fresh off a wood grill. Also, a lot of caramel notes and spice. There is definitely some black pepper that hits the back of your throat, leading to a finish that just sticks to the back of the palate like a well-seasoned steak with subtle sweetness. The ash is light gray in color and there is a razor-sharp burn. Draw is semi-firm with good smoke output.

Second Third – The wood flavor is still present but caramel sweetness with slight spice are the prevalent at this point. As I continue, some earthy mushroom notes come through.  The pepper continually sits in the background on the finish.  The burn went slightly jagged, but then self-corrected.  Ash fell off around the 1.5-inch mark after hanging on like Gonzo’s nose for about 10 minutes.

Final Third – The wood comes back and blends in nicely with the caramel sweetness. The earthiness is still there but the pepper kicks up a notch than the second third.  I also noticed an almost minty finish to this cigar.

Suggested Pairing:

Bourbon – Bulleit Bourbon – The bourbon will help accentuate the cigars sweetness.

Wine – Matua Sauvignon Blanc 

Overall Experience:

Overall, this cigar is a homerun from Camacho. Nice blend of flavors, especially for the summer or a special occasion.  It is significantly different than most cigars on the market and a real “once in a while treat.

Ratings:

Cigar Aficionado – 85 pts.

About Camacho Cigars:  http://camachocigars.com/